Asia's ability to construct effective multilateral institutions for
integration and cooperation-what is now called Asian
"architecture"-will be a major determinant in whether the region
moves closer to interdependence and stability or whether it
succumbs to rivalry and confrontation. Traditionally, stability in
Asia has relied on America's bilateral alliances with Japan,
Australia, and the Republic of Korea. Yet in recent years emergent
and more active multilateral forums-such as the Six Party Talks on
North Korea and the East Asia Summit-have played a crucial role,
engendering both cooperation and competition while at the same time
reflecting the local concerns of the region.
Some are concerned that this process is moving toward
less-inclusive, bloc-based "talking shops" rather than a more open,
problem-solving regionalism. Also, the future direction and success
of these arrangements, along with the implications for global and
regional security and prosperity, remain unclear. The fifteen
experts in this volume provide national perspectives on regional
institutional architecture and their functional challenges. They
illuminate areas of cooperation that will move the region toward
substantive collaboration, convergence of norms, and strengthened
domestic institutions. They also highlight the degree to which
institution-building in Asia-a region composed of liberal
democracies, authoritarian regimes, and anachronistic
dictatorships-has become an arena for competition among major
powers and conflicting norms, and look assess the future shape of
Asian security architecture., reviewing a previous edition or
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